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1. Posted by dublinem (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

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Hi guys, I've spent the morning reading through some of the forums and info at this site - great stuff.

Anyway, my question is whether anybody has any advice, insights or experiences to share regarding visiting Bangladesh?

Possibly relevant info: I'm Irish and have never been to South Asia. I'll be travelling with my Bangladeshi fiance and we will spend a certain amount of time staying with his family in Dhaka. We have access to drivers if we want them. I speak very basic Bengali.

Information on things to see or do, what to avoid, culture shock or anything else most welcome!

Oh, and I know flying Biman is a nightmare - we're going with British Airways.

2. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Hi dublinem,

Thank you very much for showing interest to visit Bangladesh. But I do not know why did you say : nightmare to travel by Biman. You can avoid Biman but you MUST not creat panic about a national airways through this site.

Anyway, for your reference I am providing some information about Bangladesh as under :

1. Area : North- India (West Bengal & Meghalaya), West – India (West Bengal), East-India (Tripura & Asssam), Myanmar, South-Bay of Bengal.

2. Capital : Dhaka, Other major cities : Chittagong, Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet.

3. Standard Time : GMT + 6 Hours.

4. Climate Variation: Winter : 11C - 20C (Dec-Feb),Summer :21C-34C (Apr-June)

5. Rainfall : 1100 mm-3400 mm (June-August)

6. Humidity : Highest 99% (July), Lowest 36% ( Dec & Jan)

7. Language : Bengali, English is widely spoken.

8. Principal rivers : The Padma, The Meghna, The Jamuna, The Buriganga, The Kirtonkhola

9. Electricity : 220 Volts AC in whole country.

10. Currency : Taka ( having denomination 500,100,50,20,10,5,2 & 1), 100 Paisa= 1 Taka

11. Religions : Muslims 86.6%, Hindu 12.1%, Buddist .6%.

12. Business Hours : 9 am-4 pm (Friday Closed)

13. Best Tourist season : Oct-Mar

14. Tourist spots :

a. Cox’s Bazar : The World’s longest unbroken sea beach.
b. Kuakata : Sea Beach
c. Ship Breaking yard, Sitakunda Chittagong.
d. The Sundarban : The world’s largest mangrove forest.
e. Sonargaon : Ancient capital of Bengal.
f. many rivers & Green villages.
g. Paharpur, Shilaidaho, Barisal, Chittagong, Khagrachri, Bandarban, Rangamati & more other places.

15. Costing :

Lodging :

Economy : USD 2-3/Night (Incl. Fan, Bathroom)
Standard : USD 6-10/Night (Incl. Fan, attached bath)
Luxury : USD 50-200 (A/C rooms, Balcony, Bathroom, Modern Fittings)

Foods :

Breakfast : 20 Cents (Parata, Vegetable, Egg Fry)
40 Cents (Parata, Beef/Mutton/Chicken)

Lunch/Dinner : 20 Cents (Rice, Dal, Vegetable/Egg)
60 Cents (Rice, Dal, Beef/Mutton/Chicken)

Transpiration :

Rickshaw : 1 Kilometer - 15 Cents.
Scooter : 1 Kilometer – 10 Cents.
Taxi : 1 Kilometer – 13 Cents.

Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach (350 Kilooersted) : USD 9 (A/C) USD 6 (Non A/C)
Dhaka-Chittagong (250 Kilooersted) : USD 5 (A/C) USD 3 (Non A/C)

If you have anything to know, you can send me private message through TP.

3. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Well Mahmud, you're certainly a good helper on your country!

Thanks!

4. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

Well Mahmud, you're certainly a good helper on your country!

Thanks!

I try my best to do something for travelers who want to visit Bangladesh. But I face difficult situation due to image problem of our country. Though we became independent in 1971 but none of our Govts. could spread a good image of Bangladesh in internationally.

Actually, Bangladesh is much better than that know almost people of the world. If you ask any body who visited Bangladesh, you will understand the fact.

5. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

I have one friend told me the same thing as you do. She kept on saying how wonderful Bangladesh is but everyone seems acted coldly towards her...Bangladesh needs a lot of publicity

6. Posted by dublinem (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Thanks for the info Mahmud. In saying Biman is a "nightmare" I'm sure nobody will panic. Let's just say its reputation for comfort, reliability, value and convenience are awful . . . . hey, my fiance is from Bangladesh and he won't fly with them. But I'm sure it fits the bill for many travellers.

Anybody else got any advice to offer from the perspective of first-time visitors to Bangladesh or South Asia? Cheers.